So, big update:
After the breeding "test run" two weeks ago, I pulled them from the tank and reconditioned. This Friday evening, I put M1 in the tank and the Black Fire in the chimney. Things were much different. M1 immediately went to work building a huge bubble nest and filled up the cup over night and spilled the nest over to the plants.
When BFF was released, they flirted, danced, circled, and all was going well. She inspected the nest, he danced around her and showed all the signs. Then the nipping, chasing and hiding started. I got pretty disappointed. I kept an eye on them but never saw them spawn. She would keep going towards the nest, he would chase her away, and she would hide.
After 48 hours, I took BFF out of the tank and decided to toss the large Multi in. I had her in the chimney for 2 hours, and then released her. M1 paid very little attention to her. No flaring, no dancing, no flirting. She looked interested, but he wanted nothing to do with her. The chasing started getting more aggressive, and he shredded her fins pretty bad.
Finally, at 8pm last night, I decided to call it. I took the multi out and stuck her in her tank and started a water change on the breeding tank.
After siphoning 2.5 gallons out of the tank, I finally realized that M1 was acting odd. He wasn't out looking at me. He wasn't chasing the siphon. He looked more concerned then anything. I looked in the nest. Nothing. I remembered something I had read. I grabbed my flashlight and looked again.
EGGS. Tons of little cream colored eggs. Dozens. over 100 maybe. M1 was frantically watching them, cleaning them, catching them and putting them back in. The disturbance from the water change was knocking the eggs all over the place. Who knows how many I siphoned up during the change. Rookie move. ALWAYS CHECK THE NEST WITH A FLASHLIGHT!!
Over the next 2 hours I dripped the 2.5 gallons back in to the tank. M1 is still looking at the nest, watching his brood of eggs.
So i had a spawn. Honestly, I can't even be sure what female it was. I am 90% sure it was the BFF, but I never saw an embrace.
pics to come. For some reason, I cannot upload pictures right now.
Last edited by CalvinWill; 01-30-2012 at 03:42 PM.